Whilst this may still look like a hip hop dance class to the untrained eye (and heavily overlaps and gives/takes influence from hip hop styles), many of our teachers also love incorporating global street styles that hail from the likes of Nigeria, Jamaica and Latin America. Here are some examples of global street dance styles that you might get to taste in class.
Dancehall is a genre of Jamaican pop-culture that sprung up in the 1970s. By the 2000s the music culture became dominated by dance culture where the dance steps, according to some, became just as important as the music. Dancers became artists themselves, the most influential person to start this movement being Gerald “Bogle” Levy, aka Mr Wacky. Mr Wacky created some of dancehall’s most iconic moves, including Bogle, World Dance and the Wacky Dip. Several of our teachers love their dancehall and it’s not unusual to experience a stint of classes that touch on female steps, badman styles and dancehall foundations to banging Jamaican riddims.
Afrobeat is a music genre that blends West African musical styles with jazz, soul, funk and, in more contemporary tracks, electronic music. These days you could say that Afrobeat is a mix of African music with Western-pop and the dance moves that go along with it are so.damn.fun.